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(1889) [MARC] Author: Mary Wollstonecraft With: Henry Morley
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My eyes followed them to the cottage, and an
involuntary sigh whispered to my heart that I envied
the mother, much as I dislike cooking, who was
preparing their pottage. I was returning to my babe, who
may never experience a father’s care or tenderness.
The bosom that nurtured her heaved with a pang at
the thought which only an unhappy mother could feel.



I was unwilling to leave Gothenburg without visiting
Trolhættæ. I wished not only to see the cascade, but
to observe the progress of the stupendous attempt to
form a canal through the rocks, to the extent of an
English mile and a half.

This work is carried on by a company, who employ
daily nine hundred men; five years was the time
mentioned in the proposals addressed to the public as
necessary for the completion. A much more
considerable sum than the plan requires has been subscribed,
for which there is every reason to suppose the
promoters will receive ample interest.

The Danes survey the progress of this work with a
jealous eye, as it is principally undertaken to get clear
of the Sound duty.

Arrived at Trolhættæ, I must own that the first view
of the cascade disappointed me; and the sight of the
works, as they advanced, though a grand proof of
human industry, was not calculated to warm the fancy.

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